“Thou makest no distinction between Thy fathers and strangers, nor Thy Mother and maidservents, nor her that suckled Thee and the unclean. Was it Thy forwardness or Thy love, o Thou that lovest all? What moves Thee that Thou didst let all that saw Thee have Thee, both rich and poor? Thou helpest them that called thee not. … How great was Thy love, that if one rebuked Thee, Thou wast not wroth! If a man threatened Thee, Thou wast not terrified! … Thou art above the laws of the avengers of injuries. …
Come rest, and be still in the bosom of Thy mother, Son of the Glorious. Forwardness fits not the sons of kings. … When the wrathful came to see Thee, Thou madest them gladsome; … He that hath care came and saw Thee, and his care fled away. He that had anxiety; at Thee forgot his anxiety. … Thou who lovest men, hast bound men together by Thy gladsomeness.” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian
Love of All
The person St. Ephraim is talking about is Jesus. But it could also be one of several great saints and spiritual leaders.
We all say we value love above everything, yet few of us can honestly claim that we love everyone, and even fewer can say that we love all equally. Almost all would say that they love their spouse, their parents, their children, and their friends above others; and if they say otherwise, they are probably lying to themselves and to others. We are all guilty of favoritism, whether it is a favorite person, car, game, TV show, or movie. My dogs are my favorite furry folk, and I will protect them to the best of my ability from anyone or anything that tries to harm them. That is all human nature, enhanced by social norms and upbringing. But as nice as it sounds, it is this favoritism of ours that leads to us dividing into groups, waring against other groups, stealing from others, enslaving others. It is therefore something a spiritual person should seek to overcome. Continue reading “Love of All Trumps Vengeance”